This Psalm is a favorite of many people of different faiths. It's a very comforting Psalm. There's always something to worry about and these times are very unsettling. Sometimes I have to step back and ask, "Who does know what they're talking about, and the real results of their decisions?"
God does. We need the Almighty today more than ever. We need a Savior! And that He is. In faith we trust in God. To dwell in the secret place of the Most High, means to read His Word and pray, to be still and know He is God. We abide under His shadow, He is never far from us. In Washington state there's a huge fortress that stands on top of a rocky cliff above Puget Sound. It's made of strong metals, and has holes for canons, so soldiers can look out and protect us from the enemy. Waves crash against the cliff far below. God is our refuge, our fortress.
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
I understand the snares. It's very easy to get caught up in things that just aren't necessary. He covers us with His wings of love. Nighttime seems to be the worst if I am afraid and worried. I feel so alone during this time. He says that we shall not be afraid when we trust in Him. Maybe reading this Psalm would help.
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
Many have fallen from their faith. They give up on God thinking He is boring, or too strict. We know from medicine the results of bad choices with drugs and other things that destroy our bodies. I know the emptiness of living without God. But God will always take the fallen back.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
When we are dwelling with God, evil can't come near us. He sends the angels to help us stay away from evil. They bear us up. This is a wonderful mystery. I wonder if in Heaven, we'll realize all the many encounters we've had with angels on earth.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
God promises to be with us always especially through trouble. When we love Him, He delivers us. When we call out, He answers. He also gives us eternal life in Heaven and salvation, when we repent and accept Him.
14 "Because he has set his love upon Me,
therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation."
Jesus said it this way:John 16:33
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."